Small-Town Southern Mayor Fires Employee Over Nasty Facebook Exchange

Small-town politics is often far more entertaining than bad TV. Why do you think the writers of the mockumentary Parks and Recreation have been so successful?

Well, here's some more material for NBC: A paramedic who had been working for the town of Valley, Alabama is suing the city's mayor and city council after he was fired for inappropriate behavior on Facebook. According to court documents, Scott Hamil was using Facebook to encourage his friends to attend an upcoming city council hearing where the city would be debating whether to eliminate the EMT department where Hamil worked.

And because no more than 10,000 people live in Valley, it wasn't long before Mayor Arnold Leak caught wind of this online campaign. The mayor logged onto his own page, and allegedly “berated Hamil in an exchange on Facebook.” The mayor eventually fired him, saying Hamil had engaged in abusive conduct, and insubordination, the claim states.

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